Tuning in your mind

The process of connection is really about tuning in. Just as when you go abroad it takes a while for your ears to become attuned to the unaccustomed sounds of the strange language you hear, so it takes time for your mind to become attuned to the medium or method it is being invited to employ.

Your brain, as you have already discovered, loves patterns. You can put this characteristic to good use when it comes to tuning into learning.

Try these simple ideas before you start a particular learning activity:

♦ Cover a blank piece of writing or flipchart paper with all you already know about a subject. Take your time and keep on coming back to the task. Use a mixture of words, drawings, jottings—anything that seems helpful. I call this activity a braindrizzle. It is much less dependent on the accident of a particular time than a brainstorm and induces less unnecessary stress. By downloading what you already have in your mind, you are beginning to organize what you know.

♦ Set yourself some simple research tasks to do, like spending an hour on a focused web search or getting one good book from your library. Your mind is endlessly curious, so once you start to narrow the range you are beginning to tune in.

♦ Ask a member of your family, a friend, or a colleague to tell you what they know about the subject you are interested in. Other people tend to make connections that you have not considered.

♦ Browse and skim read as many books or magazines about your chosen topic and scribble anything interesting on to post-it notes. Put these up on a wall where you can see them. You can take in data at a very rapid speed. Surrounding yourself with visual prompts is a good way of engaging your brain.

♦ Make a list of all the questions you have about your area of interest. Your brain will naturally start to search out the connections/answers once it tunes in to this.

Simply by doing these kinds of activity, you are beginning to give your mind time to work on things before you start your learning. You will be amazed at its ability to process existing information and acquire new data so that you are well tuned in when you start out.

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